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The New Personal Cancer Treatment

by GregP_WN

Originally posted at CB Insights.com

Why Neoantigen Vaccines Could Be The Next Big Immunotherapy Breakthrough

Neoantigen

Neoantigen vaccines are being touted by some as the next big cancer treatment breakthrough. Here, we explore how these vaccines work and  the companies looking to bring them to market. Immunotherapy has taken center stage in the fight against cancer. Broadly, this type of treatment directs a patient’s immune system to attack cancer cells. Some...

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Adding Life to Your Years

by Jane Ashley

You’ve just finished your last chemotherapy session, or you’ve just had your last radiation treatment. Or your pathology report from your surgery showed clean margins, no residual tumor and no positive lymph nodes – so you won’t be needing adjuvant (mop-up) chemotherapy.
They tell you, “We’ll see you in three months.”

Sunset

“WOW,” you think. You’re happy and relieved. You look forward to getting back to normal.
And then that little devil named “DOUBT and FEAR” whispers in your ear, “Yes, but what...

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Cancer Patients After The Mid-Term Elections

by Jane Ashley

How Will We Be Affected?

 Health Insurance

The mid-term elections are finally behind us. Regardless of which political party we supported, those of here on WhatNext.com share a common thread – either we have cancer or a loved one has cancer. That is the tie that binds the WhatNext family together.
Exit polls showed that 4 out of every 10 voters felt that healthcare was the #1 issue facing the United States. Seven out of 10 believed that our healthcare system needs to be reformed.

The Democrats now...

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Keeping Your Medical Records Complete And In Tact

by Jane Ashley

Are you overwhelmed with the amount of paperwork that the diagnosis of cancer brings? Here are just a few of the examples of paperwork you might have:

Organize Medical Records

Bills for chemotherapy and radiation
• Hospital bills
• Imaging bills for CT scans, PET scans and MRIs
• Pharmacy receipts
• Receipts for physician copays
• Monthly explanation of benefits from your insurance company
• Lab results
• Scan and other imaging reports
• Pathology reports from surgeries and/or biopsies
• Genetic testing results
•...

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Questions to Ask at Your First Oncologists Appointment

by GregP_WN

When you're diagnosed with cancer you may experience what some people describe as a "blacked out" type of sensation. You are looking at the doctor, he's explaining what you have, and maybe even going through the steps that are to come next, but you are not hearing it, or cannot remember what the doctor said. 

Questions For Doctor

This is why it's a good idea to have someone with you when you go to all office visits. Your partner can help remember, take notes, and ask questions that you have thought about...

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Depression and Cancer

by Jane Ashley

Every cancer patient says that the diagnosis was a shock. After the news settles in and we begin to process our new reality, we may begin to feel many different emotions. Feeling distressed, down, anger or weepy is totally normal when we are first diagnosed, but how long should these deep, dark feelings last? Is it normal to feel this way? Or could our feelings be signs of depression?

Lonliness

What are the symptoms of depression?

It’s normal to experience strong reactions to our diagnosis, but if...

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For Caregivers Only - When Cancer Lasts a Long Time

by Gumpus61

I had experience with cancer before it arrived in my marriage. Some 10 years ago my Mother made that awful phone call to me. “Can you call your brothers and sisters? It’s lung cancer and they are giving me a year”. Being tough Mom did not respect the diagnosis, it was about 15 months before she made the last call “come get me, I just want to go home”. 

Ann Shopping

Hospice came early that night and were back at 3:00 AM, and mother passed with her dignity. All pretty much according to our...

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7 Reasons to Experiment With CBD Oil

by Elliot Cornish

CBD is such a versatile treatment that can help with so many conditions because it regulates the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is known to influence various aspects of physical and mental health via multiple neurotransmitters and receptors. It appears that modulating the ECS provides researchers with new ways to manage unusual conditions that existing medication either doesn’t work for or causes extreme side effects. 

7 Reasons To Experiment With Cbd Oil

In contrast, CBD has very few side effects and is being used to...

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What is The Difference Between Terminal and Incurable Cancer?

by Jane Ashley

Recently diagnosed patients with Stage IV cancer are sometimes told that they have “incurable” cancer. Stage IV cancer means that the cancer has spread to distant parts of their body.

Incurable Is Not Terminal

But there is a fine line between “incurable” and “terminal.” Every living creature who is born will eventually die. And that is true for humans too.

Many patients believe that they are “terminal” – often thought of as having less than 6 to 12 months to live. These patients ask, “How long am I going to live?”

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The Great American Smokeout November 15th, 2018

by Jane Ashley

The American Cancer Society has designated the third Thursday of every year as The Great American Smokeout. About 38 million people in the U.S. still smoke cigarettes. The statistics about smoking are staggering. 

Great American Smokeout

480,000 deaths annually in the U.S. – 1 in every 5 deaths are caused by smoking
• 16 million people are living with a disease caused by smoking
• Smokers die, on average, 10 years before non-smokers
• Total economic costs - $170 billion in medical costs and $156 billion in lost...

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